A man who’s served nearly two-and-a-half decades on the Iowa Supreme Court intends to retire this fall. Justice James Carter of Cedar Rapids says he’ll retire on October 16th. Carter has served more than 24 years on the Iowa Supreme Court.
Carter was born in Waverly, spent his childhood in Clarksville and went to college at the University of Iowa. He earned his law degree from the U-of-I, too, in 1960.
After clerking for a federal judge, Carter joined a law firm in Cedar Rapids, then he became a district court judge in 1973. After three years, he was appointed to the Iowa Court of Appeals where he served for just six years before he was named ot the state’s highest court.
Carter is the second Iowa Supreme Court justice to announce their retirement this year. At the end of September, Chief Justice Louis Lavarato will retire. The governor has appointed a judge from Sioux City to fill that vacancy on the court.